Google goes all-in on Matter in bid to save the smart home

A neat and new-ish service from Google called Fast Pair is designed to speed up the process of connecting smart home devices to your phone and to each other. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to discover nearby devices without using significant phone battery.

In theory everything just pops up on your screen – if it supports the right protocol, of course. Historically, that’s been the hold-up with smart home connectivity, and Google says Matter will solve the problem – when it arrives, that is.

At Google I / O 2022, the company touted the “magical” power of Fast Pair and the Matter connectivity standard to link devices and services from a wide array of manufacturers, solving one of the key issues that anyone who’s tried to set up a smart lightbulb or smart hub will be familiar with.